degenerationist


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degenerationist

(dɪˌdʒɛnəˈreɪʃənɪst)
n
a person who believes in the evolutionary decline of a species
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11) From this point on, in the 1870s, the abnormal behavior designated by the term "moral insanity" or "moral imbecility" was increasingly associated with degenerationist models of criminality, and remained so once moral insanity came to be regarded as either a subcategory or a symptom of the class of mental disease known after 1880 as "psychopathic inferiority.
43) Taking a more degenerationist perspective, another contemporary newspaper report warned how "superstitions about the Aurora Borealis seem uncomfortable traces of the period when our ancestors were running wild in woods, undisturbed by any desire for hosiery.
Of course, Lafitau's degenerationist theory, which argued that our first parents lost the gift of an ideal religion, relied not so much on biblical fundamentalism as on a Catholic dogmatic tradition that called for literal exegesis.
Hence, the Earl's "treatment" of Barbara's epilepsy can be seen as coming from a degenerationist point of view.
Despite her degenerationist fear of the lower class, Barbara also suffers from paralyzing self-hatred because she desires one of its members.
Degenerationists such as Max Nordau and the alienist who founded Britain's premier psychiatric institution, Henry Maudsley, were as irresistibly in vogue among the intelligentsia of the time as, say, Edward Said at a later date.
The health warning provided by the degenerationists about the baleful effect of Post Impressionist art hugely promoted the reputation of the exhibition.